41 episodes

Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a compatible heart, liver, or kidney. Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a high price, and imagine what a company would do to monopolize that technology.


On a remote island in Lake Superior, a team of geneticists has unlocked this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering thousands of genomes, they dial back the evolutionary clock to re-create the progenitor of all mammals. The method? Illegal. The result? An AI-designed animal whose organs can be safely transplanted into any person.


There's just one problem: these "ancestors" are not the docile herd animals the scientists envisioned. Instead, the project spawns something big, something evil … something very, very hungry.


As creators become prey in an ultimate battle for survival, the research team must fight for their lives — even while government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research reveals its own cold-blooded agenda.


ANCESTOR is a complete, serialized fiction podcast by Number One New York Times bestselling novelist Scott Sigler, with all episodes available -- binge the entire story now in your favorite podcast app. Or for print, eBook, and ad-free audiobook versions of the tale, visit scottsigler.com/ancestor.


PRAISE FOR ANCESTOR
"This story sizzles with tension. Danger and drama mix with cutting-edge science to produce a top-notch, action-packed adventure. If you think Scott Sigler just writes horror, you're dead wrong. This guy is one heck of a thriller writer." 
Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of THE PARIS VENDETTA and THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT


"Michael Crichton may be gone, but he has a worthy successor in Scott. This book takes thriller and science fiction conventions and slams them together to make something new and fascinating."
Simon R. Green, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNCANNY and AGENTS OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS


"Sigler has a unique talent for keeping readers on the edge of their seats; I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. Infected is full of mayhem, action, and gore -- and you won’t be able to put it down."
Dave Wellington, author of 13 BULLETS and the MONSTER ISLAND trilogy


"Fun, creepy, and impossible to stop reading, Ancestor is the rare thriller that's based on cutting-edge science and is entirely possible. Long after you're done with the book, you'll still be looking over your shoulder. Just in case.”
Phil Plait, PhD, author of DEATH FROM THE SKIES and UNDER ALIEN SKIES


CREDITS:


Presented by Empty Set Entertainment

Written and narrated by Scott Sigler

Audio engineering by Steve Riekeberg (SteveRiekeberg.com)

Podcast production assistance by Allie Press and Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions (Simpler.media)

For more audio fiction from Scott Sigler, please visit ScottSigler.com

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    • 4.4 • 33 Ratings

Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a compatible heart, liver, or kidney. Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a high price, and imagine what a company would do to monopolize that technology.


On a remote island in Lake Superior, a team of geneticists has unlocked this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering thousands of genomes, they dial back the evolutionary clock to re-create the progenitor of all mammals. The method? Illegal. The result? An AI-designed animal whose organs can be safely transplanted into any person.


There's just one problem: these "ancestors" are not the docile herd animals the scientists envisioned. Instead, the project spawns something big, something evil … something very, very hungry.


As creators become prey in an ultimate battle for survival, the research team must fight for their lives — even while government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research reveals its own cold-blooded agenda.


ANCESTOR is a complete, serialized fiction podcast by Number One New York Times bestselling novelist Scott Sigler, with all episodes available -- binge the entire story now in your favorite podcast app. Or for print, eBook, and ad-free audiobook versions of the tale, visit scottsigler.com/ancestor.


PRAISE FOR ANCESTOR
"This story sizzles with tension. Danger and drama mix with cutting-edge science to produce a top-notch, action-packed adventure. If you think Scott Sigler just writes horror, you're dead wrong. This guy is one heck of a thriller writer." 
Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of THE PARIS VENDETTA and THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT


"Michael Crichton may be gone, but he has a worthy successor in Scott. This book takes thriller and science fiction conventions and slams them together to make something new and fascinating."
Simon R. Green, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNCANNY and AGENTS OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS


"Sigler has a unique talent for keeping readers on the edge of their seats; I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. Infected is full of mayhem, action, and gore -- and you won’t be able to put it down."
Dave Wellington, author of 13 BULLETS and the MONSTER ISLAND trilogy


"Fun, creepy, and impossible to stop reading, Ancestor is the rare thriller that's based on cutting-edge science and is entirely possible. Long after you're done with the book, you'll still be looking over your shoulder. Just in case.”
Phil Plait, PhD, author of DEATH FROM THE SKIES and UNDER ALIEN SKIES


CREDITS:


Presented by Empty Set Entertainment

Written and narrated by Scott Sigler

Audio engineering by Steve Riekeberg (SteveRiekeberg.com)

Podcast production assistance by Allie Press and Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions (Simpler.media)

For more audio fiction from Scott Sigler, please visit ScottSigler.com

    ANCESTOR Episode 1

    ANCESTOR Episode 1

    Welcome to the mind of brilliant Chinese geneticist Liu Jian Dan. It's a bit disturbing here.

    Written and performed by Scott Sigler


    Production Assistance by Allie Press


    Copyright 2023 by Empty Set Entertainment



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    • 7 min
    ANCESTOR Episode 2

    ANCESTOR Episode 2

    Galina Porischova has a clandestine meeting with Paul Fischer. She wants to blow the whistle on Genada's research. We begin to see exactly how far Genada is willing to go to protect their profits.

    Written and performed by Scott Sigler


    Production Assistance by Allie Press


    Copyright 2023 by Empty Set Entertainment



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    • 26 min
    ANCESTOR Episode 3

    ANCESTOR Episode 3

    President Gutierrez wants Murray Longworth to take charge of a new government agency specially designed to handle "Special Threats." However, Murray has some conditions that he needs to have met before he will accept the post.

    Written and performed by Scott Sigler


    Production Assistance by Allie Press


    Copyright 2023 by Empty Set Entertainment



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    • 29 min
    ANCESTOR Episode 4

    ANCESTOR Episode 4

    Paul Fischer travels to Greenland to prevent a potential pandemic from escaping the Novozyme xenotransplantation research facility.

    Written and performed by Scott Sigler


    Produced by Random House Audio

    Production Assistance by Arioch Morningstar and Allie Press


    Copyright 2010, 2023 by Empty Set Entertainment



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    • 27 min
    ANCESTOR Episode 5

    ANCESTOR Episode 5

    Dr. Liu Jian Dan has serious mental problems. PJ Colding must reassure and calm both her and Dante Paglione, albeit in totally different ways.

    Written and performed by Scott Sigler


    Produced by Random House Audio

    Production Assistance by Arioch Morningstar and Allie Press


    Copyright 2010, 2023 by Empty Set Entertainment



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    • 25 min
    ANCESTOR Episode 6

    ANCESTOR Episode 6

    Andy "The Asshole" Crosthwaite lives up to his pseudonym. Claus Rhumkorrf, Erika Hoel, Jian, and Tim Feely perform an immune response test. Bobby Valentine flies in more mammalian genome samples to Baffin Island.

    Written and performed by Scott Sigler


    Produced by Random House Audio

    Production Assistance by Arioch Morningstar and Allie Press


    Copyright 2010, 2023 by Empty Set Entertainment



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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Maveric2333 ,

Introduction persons change

I loved the show up until the woman started doing the introduction to the shows but I can’t even stand the sound of her voice let alone her “jokes”

Wootsy1 ,

Entertaining

This was my first foray into to the morbid world of Scott Sigler.
There were a few plot holes and the scene in episode 3, which was well set up, unfortunately went nowhere. I was anticipating further development of those dynamics…
Overall, it was entertaining, made long boring car rides bearable.

Picsnappelejax ,

Good story, but the ADS!

Whether it’s the ubiquitous ads for a mystery hidden object game, an ABC employee who sounds like a Bob’s Burgers character chewing through the phrase “let’s face it” or promising you it’s “not like other news podcasts,” or the OVER 2 MINUTE LONG SHOPIFY AD, you’ll be sure to have your fill of late stage capitalism through this story and its advertisements.

Seriously, I like the story well enough, it’s engaging, relatively well written (perhaps a little bogged down by unnecessary science lessons), and full of suspense. But the episodes are like 25min, and at least 4 minutes of that runtime is ADVERTISEMENTS. It’s not only a blatant and obnoxious cash grab, it means that for every hour of this podcast you listen to, you’ll also be served about 20min of ADS.

Hope you have your hands free for this one, because you’re gonna want to be able to skip ahead.

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